How Do You Remove Deodorant Buildup in Shirts?

Remove deodorant build-up from shirts by pre-treating with stain removers, using vinegar, trying meat tenderizer and using denatured alcohol. After build-up is removed, launder as usual. Products can be tried in any order, and as many as needed can be used.

  1. Pre-treat with stain removers

    To remove deodorant from shirts, apply an enzymatic pre-treater. These stain fighters contain enzymes that can break down the deodorant deposits. Follow the directions on the label to prevent bleaching or staining.

  2. Use vinegar

    Soak the garment in cool water and vinegar. Add a cup of vinegar to the soak cycle of the washing machine. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, drain, and rinse. If the build-up remains, mix a one-to-one vinegar and water solution and scrub gently with a toothbrush, then rinse.

  3. Try alcohol

    Apply denatured alcohol to the area with the deodorant build-up. Use the alcohol full strength. Gently scrub if needed, or allow it to soak in for a short period of time. Rinse with cool water.

  4. Use meat tenderizer

    Make a paste of water and meat tenderizer. Apply it to the stiff area, rubbing into the fabric. Let sit overnight, then rinse.

  5. Launder normally

    Once the build-up is removed, wash as usual. Use the temperature and cycle directed on the garment's label. Ensure all stains, build-up and pre-treaters are gone before drying.